The Loman Family and Their Problems of the Spirit

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“The Loman Family and Their ‘Problems of the Spirit.’ In his 1950 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, William Faulkner lamented the dearth of “problems of the spirit” in modern literature and pointed out the importance of “the old universal truths…love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice” in weaving a successful, meaningful story. Faulkner placed these human traits into a genus all their own and labeled it “the human heart in conflict with …

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…of the heart. The human heart is inextricably tied to others - whether through love or familiarity or a sense of responsibility – and each heart’s successes (especially in a family) are at least partially based on the successes or failures of others. The “universal truths” are so named because everyone who lives experiences them and, in the words of Faulkner, “can make good writing because only that is worth writing about.” Bibliography n/a